Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on the First Day of The Open Enrollment Period

Nov 1, 2017 Issues: Health Care

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement in recognition of the first day of the open enrollment period. The period runs from November 1 through December 15 in 42 states, with 8 states and DC having longer enrollment periods:

“Starting today, millions of Americans will use Healthcare.gov to secure quality, affordable health insurance for themselves and their families. Last year, eight in ten individuals qualified for financial assistance to help reduce the cost of their premium – allowing most to only pay between $50 and $100 on their plan each month. In the wealthiest nation on earth, access to quality and affordable care is a right that every American should be afforded. This is an important day. The Affordable Care Act is working, and I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to continue to lower premiums and expand access to life saving and preventative care. I would hope that our goal is shared by all who are in public service and elected office,” said Congressman Ryan.  

Information About Open Enrollment:

November 1st marks the start of HealthCare.gov’s open enrollment period for 2018 coverage.

From now until December 15, you can purchase a plan or renew your coverage through HealthCare.gov .  Once you sign up, you will get coverage that starts on January 1, 2018.

Here are four facts you need to know about enrolling in coverage or renewing your coverage:

  • The open enrollment period for HealthCare.gov for 2018 begins on November 1 and ends on December 15. The open enrollment period is the shortest ever – only 45 days.  Beat the rush and sign up early.
  • Coverage could be more affordable than you think.  That’s because financial help is available.  During last year’s enrollment period, 8-in-10 people qualified for financial help – for most people that meant they could find insurance premiums between $50 and $100 per month.
     
  • If you had coverage through HealthCare.gov for 2017, make sure to head back to update your information and compare your options for 2018, by December 15.  Every year, plans and prices change.  This year, it’s more important than ever to shop around!  You may find a plan that fits you better, for cheaper.
  • Free help is available.  If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free help is just a call or click away.  The Call Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – call 1-800-318-2596.  Or visit https://localhelp.healthcare.gov where you will find organizations in your area that have trained enrollment assisters.